Today is 4.14.14, which is a palindrome–the same forwards as it is backwards, and it seems fitting to look back on where I’ve been so far this year. It’s a date burned into my memory for other reasons, too, and though it was not an easy weekend, I’m trying to keep a positive outlook today.
A few months ago, I wrote a post about my resolutions for the year. I wanted to write a brief update reflecting on what I resolved and how much progress I’ve made in those resolutions. It’s good to be held accountable in a public space, and also, if you don’t look back at what you wanted, then they’re just more empty words, and I don’t need any more of those in my life.
Here is my original list, with my current comments:
- No Fear.
This is a tough one to quantify, but I successfully packed up my things and said goodbye to New York, my dog, my friends, and my life there and moved to Boston, a place that once felt like home but now feels like just another strange city. But I faced it, and I continue to face it, and I don’t think I’ve said no to many opportunities or challenges, so I’m counting this one as a work in progress.
- Finish a draft of my novel
Hahhahaha. There’s still time for this, right? I looked at what I wrote so far, that has to count for something…
- Write every day, in some form
This one has been tougher than I thought. I’ve been decent at it, but not as disciplined as I would like. This is definitely something I need to continue to work on.
- Take a writing class
Ding ding! I started a Master Fiction class at Grub Street a couple of weeks ago. It’s a good step forward for me, and I think I will learn a good deal about writing.
- Take another class in something creative, like knitting or sewing
I’ve done a little bit of research and would like to take a sewing class in the fall, when my writing class is over and the weather starts to cool off again.
- Submit, submit, submit (my writing)
This is also a work in progress. I’ve definitely been submitting, but since I haven’t been writing as much as I would like, I don’t have a lot of work that I consider ready to submit. So, another work in progress.
- Challenge myself at work. Take on new projects and explore new options.
Ugh, this is a big fail. I’ve definitely got a lot on my plate right now and I’m trying to take initiative and do more interesting and creative things, but I’ve been having a lot of trouble focusing lately, which is a big problem.
- Get in the kitchen more–cooking, baking, whatever it is, I’m going to do it
Another fail. I’m just not into it. I’m getting used to cooking for myself again, and many times, it’s just so much easier to heat something up or eat ice cream than it is to spend time making a healthy dinner for just me. I have been good about buying groceries and making big salads to take for lunch during the week, though.
- Get back into yoga–I miss it
I gave this one a fair shot. I took two weeks of classes at a yoga studio near my apartment and while I liked some of the classes, I have to admit to myself that yoga just isn’t for me. It exacerbates the pain and tension in my back too much. I’m giving it up.
- Keep working out as a priority in my schedule–make it happen at least 4-5 times a week
Nope. Not doing so great with this one, honestly. I haven’t joined a gym, and it’s been really difficult to find the motivation to work out. But now that it’s nice out, I’ve been running more frequently and it’s been a little easier to get out of bed in the morning to work out. I’m optimistic.
- Make new friends
I’m doing pretty well with this one, actually.
- Reconnect with old friends and keep in touch with good friends–these last few weeks have also helped me appreciate what great friends I have
I’m doing okay with this one too. I miss my New York friends a lot, but I’m having a good time with my Boston friends and catching up with friends on the phone/via email more often than I used to.
- See my family more often
I went down to RI for my sister’s birthday and it was nice to be able to do that–I look forward to more frequent trips like that.
- Create a budget for myself and stick to it
I’ve never been much good at this. I’ve been budgeting, but the dinners and drinks I have with friends in order to be social and get out of the house really add up. I’m trying to pay more attention to that in particular as I figure out just what my Boston budget looks like.
- Take a vacation–go somewhere new
I haven’t done this one yet, unfortunately, but I’m thinking about it a lot and hope to plan something in the near future.
- Appreciate me, take care of me, allow me to make mistakes
Another tough one to quantify, and perhaps one of the toughest to implement as well. I’ll just call it a work in progress.
- Use the Internet in a more productive way–too often I find myself scrolling endlessly through Tumblr and Pinterest just ogling the pretty pictures and feeling bad about myself. I want to read more articles, write more blog posts, learn more about the world and the people in it, not just the pretty things.
Fail, fail, fail. This is kind of hopeless.
- Write more book reviews on the blog
I haven’t been amazing at this, but I also have been in a little bit of a reading rut. I will be better about this.
- Have faith–in myself, my friends, the universe
Not doing so great with this one recently, but I’m trying. That’s all a person can do.
What were your New Years Resolutions? Have you been able to keep them?